Music Man On a Mission

Performing Arts Chair, David Gold, has had a long and fascinating career in music performance and education. His remarkable talent and dedication to his craft propelled him forward from UC Berkeley to The Juilliard School to the multi-faceted career of a working musician in New York City. While he also plays the violin, his virtuosity on the viola has garnered him significant recognition in the world of performance. Music has taken him across the country and allowed him to rub shoulders with the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed and Meryl Streep. He has been in the pit playing for smash Broadway shows and he was in the “Late Show” green room the night David Letterman announced his retirement. Through it all, however, teaching has remained a constant and fulfilling aspect of his career. He views it as an opportunity to empower students to teach themselves and thus become lifelong learners. 

It is unsurprising then, that a part-time position at MBS led to his taking over as department chair. The 2018-19 academic year is his first in this new role and Gold is brimming with ideas for raising the profile of the Performing Arts Department at MBS. One of his reasons for doing so is a firmly held, and research-backed belief that participation in music and the performing arts is linked to improved academic performance. 

“I would be there at commencement and I’d see that, one after another, the kids getting the highest accolades seemed to be the kids I would always see in Founders Hall,” Gold recalls. “I hope to gather some data to show this connection at MBS and spread the word that you don’t have to be a professional musician to benefit from the study of music and performance.” Gold sees students utilizing their study of music and the performing arts in future careers through well-honed presentation skills, confidence in front of a crowd, and experience working as an individual whose work contributes to the success of a group.

Gold is excited to effect change at MBS through his new role and to spread his message about the importance of drama, dance and music. He is sure to strike a chord within the Crimson community.


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